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Cops bust paedo ring linked to ‘Aussie Madeleine McCann’ fuelling hope family will discover what happened to missing son

POLICE have smashed a huge paedophile ring linked to missing boy dubbed 'the Australian Madeleine McCann' fuelling hopes his family may discover what has happened to their son.

Nine alleged child sex offenders were arrested and are accused of abusing children and recording the horrific crimes before sharing the footage with other sickos.

The men were arrested in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia and 40 charges have been pressed against them.

Two men in their 20s charged with offences over the harm and exploitation of children are from the NSW coastal town Kendall, where toddler William Tyrrell vanished in 2014 when he was three years old,

Both suspects lived in Kendall when time little William went missing from his foster-grandmother’s home, The Australian newspaper reports.

But neither man has ever been interviewed over William's disappearance and there is no indication they are suspects.

ONLINE PERVERTS

Cops say they are part of an online network of perverts who abused children and recorded the crimes.

AFP Assistant Commissioner for the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE), Lesa Gale, wouldn't comment on the investigation into William's disappearance.

An inquest into William's disappearance is due to start again in October.

William was in the care of foster parents and had been on a visit to Kendall on the day he vanished.

'WE ARE COMING FOR YOU'

His parents had gone inside to make a cup of tea while William and his sister played hide and seek outside.

When they returned five minutes later the toddler had vanished, with his disappearance becoming Australia's most high-profile missing child case.

The case has drawn comparisons with missing British schoolgirl Madeleine McCann,  with a suspect now being questioned over her disappearance this week.

Following this week's bust, Ms Gale said at least 14 children have been rescued from harm after the police investigation into suspects producing and sharing child abuse material

Ms Gale said: “We suspect this is the biggest domestic child exploitation network uncovered in recent times.

“Operation Arkstone has shaken some of our most seasoned officers.

“My message today to those offenders watching this presser: We are coming for you.”

The children were aged between four and seven.

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